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Esquimalt has beauty on the brain for centennial year

Residents want to spruce up community for 100th anniversary

Esquimalt's centennial celebrations organizers are thinking beautiful thoughts.

They say residents have come to them expressing interest in sprucing up the township in preparation for its centennial in 2012. The committee may spearhead community and neighbourhood contests for a centennial beautification program.

It reminded council Monday night of Esquimalt's success in a Communities in Bloom contest in the late 1990s.

This time around, a friendly competition might encourage residents to "take that extra step" in caring for the community, said Mayor Barb Desjardins.

That could snowball into neighbourhood cleanups, said Coun. Lynda Hundleby.